3 players who could grab the final spot on the Reds Opening Day roster?

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The Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster is starting to take shape. It would appear, after optioning Bennett to Triple-A, the bullpen is all but set. However, only 12 healthy position players remain in major league camp.

With Joey Votto and Nick Senzel set to begin the 2023 season on the IL, the Resd have one roster spot remaining. That is, of course, under the assumption that Jason Vosler is added to the Reds Opening Day roster.

There are a myriad of ways that Reds GM Nick Krall could handle this situation, and Cincinnati's top executive is undoubtedly working this phones as we speak. Who are three players that could take the final spot on the Cincinnati Reds roster?

1. Christian Pache could grab the last spot on the Reds Opening Day roster.

Christian Pache, one of the major acquisitions during last spring's trade between the Oakland Athletics and Atlanta Braves is said to be available. The A's will reportedly not include Pache on their Opening Day roster, and without any minor league options remaining, the outfielder could be made available in a trade.

Pache had a below-average season during his first year in Oakland, but at just 24 years old, the glove-first centerfielder would offer Cincinnati a ton of upside.

The Reds do not have much of a plan when it comes to center field, though Will Benson has shown flashes this spring. But with Nick Senzel seeing more on the infield dirt, a platoon of Benson of Pache in center field would not be the worst thing for the rebuilding Reds.

Christian Pache has a similar profile as current Reds prospect Michael Siani. Both have Gold Glove potential but struggle at the dish. Seeing as how Siani played fewer than 10 games at Triple-A last season, the former fourth-round pick will need to garner more ABs for the Bats this season before being recalled to The Show.

While Pache is out of minor league options, he's under team control through the 2027 season. This is exactly the type of move that Nick Krall and Cincinnati Reds should make prior to Opening Day. If the Reds don't want to make a trade, they could at least submit a waiver claim.